Core Concepts - Building Partnerships
The cost of holding an election requires capacities and resources that are beyond the reach of many developing countries. The Report of the Secretary-General produced in 2009 notes that cooperation between international, governmental and non-governmental organizations, both in the field and at the headquarters level, is becoming a key for effective delivery of electoral assistances.
The partnership can be established in the form of South-South cooperation, through global electoral knowledge networks (such as ACE and BRIDGE) and collaboration with their partner organizations, or collaboration with regional intergovernmental organizations. It is important to identify potential support providers and engage in dialogue with a variety of stakeholders before project design and implementation. Partnerships among domestic stakeholders and international actors help optimize resources, avoid gaps and duplication, and minimize possible conflicts of interest.
Developing and coordinating partnerships is normally a responsibility shared by the country office (most importantly, the Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative) and the programme team.
For more, see the section of this Toolkit on Resources and Partnerships.